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TRISHWITCH
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4/10/14 5:25 P

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I read the bible, stretch, and find something to laugh about with my teens to relieve stress


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3/27/14 6:40 P

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I found a few things to help me with stress which I would like keep
-Soaking in a bubble bath
-Walking to the nearby store instead of driving
-Stretching
-Reading something spiritual everyday.
This won't work for everyone, but making a daily list of things to do to keep me on track


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emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Have a HAPPY week! emoticon

"I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."


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3/19/14 12:13 P

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so glad to have participated in this challenge. i'm really seeing the benefit in stress-reduction/sleep improvement from consistent exercise and loving having an "excuse" to journal. feeling very centered most days now so definitely planning to keep it up.

hope everyone is having a stellar day!


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"I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."


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My stress level really declined once I got home!! I got to see my baby girl and my fiancée. I'm really trying to stop sweating the small stuff. As my daughter says, "Can you fix it in the next five minutes?". Stress is not my friend anymore.



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Practicing yoga regularly is a terrific way to learn how to be more aware of what the body is telling you and also works well for me too. I hope you learn to stick with your routine Chickapedia7 ... It will bring great benefit if you let it. Good luck! I am closing out of this 4 week challenge now because I happily made it to the finish line. Thanks for the "push" I at least needed in the right direction.

"I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."


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CHICKAPEDIA7
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This has been a wonderful journey and opportunity to learn more about myself while experimenting with new and different stress relief techniques. I'm finishing week 4 more aware of my stressors and their impact on my life, but I also realize this challenge is just a stepping stone to my lifelong need to reduce stress while improving my stress management.

One of the best stress-busting techniques has been re-introducing yoga into my life. I have been starting each morning with 10-15 minutes of relaxation, yoga stretching, and meditation.

My future goals are to continue incorporating yoga into my daily routine, to focus on seeing the beauty in life, to let stress roll off, and to continue to take time for myself.

Best of luck on your stress-busting journeys!



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2/20/14 11:31 P

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Hellooo week 4. The destressify methods suggested in this challenge have proven to be of great value for me. Thank you for this outlet to share with others. I have managed to stay on track.

"I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."


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2/17/14 9:43 P

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Last day of week 4-- I feel like I learned a lot from this challenge-- I plan on continuing to use these resources daily. The deep breathing, jouralling, and exercising to unwind especially!! emoticon


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2/10/14 1:07 P

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It has taken me awhile to post this final note, but I am using prayer and spiritual study (daily Catholic Scripture readings) mostly, not so much as stress relief--but stress relief is a wonderful added benefit. I am exercising also--stretches, balancing, some strengthening.
I think my stress is about the same as it was at the beginning of the challenge. What I've gained from the challenge is confirmation that I do know how to handle stress--not that I always do what I should. I'm not perfect and that's okay.



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2/2/14 2:02 P

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Long term goals I learned between the checkins:

1. Time for music-making and listening is key for me, especially a good vocal warm up (including breathwork)
2. Time for stretching, yoga, Pilates and a good walk are needed.
3. Time to do my Alexander Technique exercises is vital. (so vital I'm separating it from the rest of the exercises!)
4. Eating foods as close to the source as possible are imperative. I'm feeling better the closer to vegan I am (shooting for 80 on target/20 wiggle room with menu ideas from the Daniel Fast and Eat to Live)
5. Use Artist's Way as a template for creative recovery and self-differentiation work.


Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

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THEMEEPER
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12/22/13 10:21 A

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Here are my long-term stress-busting goals:
- continue to exercise 10-30 minutes each morning
- continue to talk out stressors with others so I don't "take it with me"
- seek out positive resolutions to stressors (don't react--take it in a positive direction)
- schedule 15 minutes of "me" time each day (read, walk, play, etc.)


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TOPOHOKO
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12/18/13 2:16 P

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the one thing that I have found that helps me anywhere is finding something to laugh about. I put little cartoons on my phone that I can look at when I am out and about, which is when I get stressed the most.

prayer is the Wi-Fi to heaven


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PROUD-GRANDMA
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12/8/13 12:09 P

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We got this!

Live each moment to its fullest!


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PROUD-GRANDMA
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12/3/13 8:41 A

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I found working out is my best stress buster. Also, creating a clutter free space!

Live each moment to its fullest!


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RENOKAT52
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I am still fighting with letting something go...it sticks in my head and runs around and around and festers and I can't seem to unload in a healthy way. But, am working on that this 3rd week.

Kat, Co-Leader of the "Living with Hepatitis C Team"

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KODAGIRL17
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11/27/13 2:47 P

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I found that exercise is my best stress busting friend. Regular exercise has helped me sleep better as well. A good night of sleep and the issues that hit during the day dont seem so bad.


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THINBRANDY2014
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Tal about some serious stress. This week at work we had people come in to receive all the product we get. It has been a nightmare. On top of that we went from 40 hrs. 5 days a week to .........56 hrs. 7 days a week until further notice. Meanwhile every day when I get home I am trying to get things made for a local artist/craft show in a week in a half. Well I have to do a lot of deep breathing and serious meditation. I have been on edge a few times and I seriously have had to stop and go chill. But I am really doing better.

Faith Full Farm/ Brandy


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SUPER_CIARA
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11/15/13 2:12 P

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Meditative reflection has really helped me to manage my anxiety during stressful moments. I have noticed that in the past few weeks, devoting more time to stress reducing techniques like meditation and taking 3-mile walks has greatly reduced my levels of stress as well as my response to them.

Hugs, Ciara
"What should you do to put your body to good use? Most people have no idea. A craftsman who borrows some tools will try to make the best possible use of them while they are available. Your body, too, is actually on loan to you for the time being, for the brief period left before it is taken back from you by death. Had you better not use it to practice the dharma while you can?" --The Day After You Die


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11/12/13 4:21 P

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I can tell in the past few weeks, that I have better handled stress. I don't lash out and get so angry when I'm stressed; I've learned to be quiet and walk away, think about it and then come up with a sensible solution. I have also learned that the more I worry and drag about an issue, the more stressed I become, leading to anger/sadness. I have done a better job learning how to handle stress and to not let it run my life - better yet, I run it!! YEAH!!

~Brittany~


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10/4/13 6:22 P

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Looking back through my stress journal, it's become apparent that I have to stop feeling responsible for other people's moods. It's been paralyzing me to think I would "mess up" or do the "wrong thing", and you can bet I wasn't trying to do anything for myself.

My long term plan to manage my stress...
10 minutes of exercise every day
journal/blog several times a week
read good books
take cat naps
walking meditations by the garden

Thank you, everybody in spark land for sharing your spark!
love and light,
Molly


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WALNUTT1961
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9/27/13 10:13 P

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Thanks Floridaghost!


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9/27/13 5:00 P

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Great attitude - helping others through your own experiences. It is really helpful to ourselves, too. Keep it up.



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This stress challenge has taught me how to handle stress better and my response to it. I retired from a stressful job and now love what I do. I am taking time for me daily by exercising, reading, cleaning, playing with the dog. It has become much easier for me to see what is important and also, how to help others get through their stress. emoticon


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although i had to take some time off due to an emergency out of town I did learn a lot. just writing out what is stressing me and making me face it has been the biggest help to me. I also realize that some things you can not control and others you just have to let go of. As someone once told me. stop and think, is it going to matter in 1 year?

If you can, help others; if you can not do that, at least do not harm them. ~ his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.



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Hi, all. I have enjoyed this challenge and it has helped me through a difficult time in my life.

Have no real answers or insight to managing my own stress other than just focusing on the fact that I am alive and life is good.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Resolved in 2014 to remain below 120!


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Thank you everyone for sharing your journeys. What a help it has been to know I'm not alone. While I'm luckier than many of you, because I got to retire and walk away from most of my stress, this has been a wonderful way for me to start my retirement. I needed an attitude readjustment! I still have a long way to go in the weight loss department, but I'm well on my way in the stress reduction department. emoticon

Enjoy the rest of your Labor Day weekend, Sparkers!

These are my words to live by: The best inspiration is not to outdo others, but to outdo ourselves.
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9/1/13 11:45 A

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I completely understand you Betty. It's like you wrote from reading my mind! My number one stressor is worded to reflect DH shiftwork managerial job, and I no longer have my dog for stress-relief. It's pretty cool to know the way I'm coping is similar to someone else... it does make the journey seem less lonely. Thx for sharing.
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Edited by: NITA-BERRY at: 9/5/2013 (20:42)
~ The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect & beginning the work of becoming YOURSELF - Anna Quindlen

~ The Best kind of Friend is the one you could sit on a porch with, never say a word, & walk away feeling like that was the best conversation you've had


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Dear Char; emoticon emoticon emoticon

Hi Team Mate, we can do this, if you've given Yoga a try, keep going. I don't know what it is about Yoga but it changes you from the inside out, I know that because I've lived it, it brought me back from the death sentence. It does something for the body & emotions, I don't know how I only know it does work, continue with Yoga and you'll find your inner thinner self you've been looking for I know that because I did it, I chose to do my own thing and I survived beyond medical advice. I now know my life is up to me.

I'll be here for you as your cheerleader if you need me to be, I just believe in you, You have the strength in you to make all your goals happen here & now, it begins one step at a time, or with yoga one pose at a time. You can do this...

Take care & be well I'm here for you if you need a shoulder or a friend. emoticon

Many Blessings Always Debby emoticon emoticon


May you find peace, grace joy & love inside each day.

Love Unconditionally, Believe Wholeheartedly, Trust Yourself & Your choices, Love Yourself so then you can love others..

Love survives Eternity.

We are ripples in God's Pond.


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Not as stressed about not being able to exercise. Calf feeling much better so I am able to take moderate walks, just not ready to jog or any fast walking. May try the elliptical in a few days.

Saw that they had a yoga class in town the other night. Not sure if it was a one time thing or not. Going to keep watch. If it is regular, going to start going.

Char

Getting healthier every day!


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here it is completion of week 4 - this challenge reminded me stress is real and I am going to have a response (like it or not)- planning & using tools brings down- the- hype stress feeds off of. Simply less hype may be the best I can hope for sometimes... but many more times it is enough- less - hype to make the difference in my diet & fitness & water & sleep... in other words, beating stress.

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I undertook the stress challenge at a time in my life that proved to be incredibly stressful. It's funny how that works isn't it?
I had to have emergency surgery, then I had a serious infection and was left with an open wound to be repacked daily.
This meant I couldn't exercise all month-my one big stress reliever gone.
One of my dearest friends passed away suddenly, her funeral was yesterday.
One thing that has helped me with all the stress is my faith. The Lord is always faithful.
I also find that prayer, rest, reading, friends, phone calls, and my precious spouse help in ways I can't hardly put words to.
I also like to breath deeply, think of things I like such as beautiful nature, water lapping in a brook, green mountains.
Another thing is I try not to listen to the news. On stressful days I just can't handle it.
I learned a lot of things about stress doing this challenge, and l believe that even though I encounter stress daily, I can handle it better-which hopefully will show on the scale, and in my health.



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This week I put into practice what I've learned in this challenge and.... It worked! I was less stressed and I'm sleeping better. I also have been eating better. The key for me is to keep my mind busy.

Long term stress reduction goals
1. Trust God with DH's heath
2. Deal with the mail daily
3. Keep working on the household repair "to do" list
4. Sleep 7-8 hours/night

Stress Reduction Techniques that work for me
1. Read Bible verses and sayings. (posted on whiteboard)
2. Keep busy with garden, exercise, house work, yard work, scrapping, crafts
3. Brush the dog
4. Enjoy the computer games or crossword puzzles
5. Something fun weekly
6. Breathe

Betty

I started Sparking on 3/20/12 @ 207#, one year later on 3/19/13 I was @ 148.5# and 3/20/24 138.5#. My goal weight is 136#.




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8/25/13 1:16 P

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Hi Stress Busting Team Mates; emoticon emoticon emoticon

Thank You all for being the wonderful individuals you all are emoticon , over the past 4 weeks during this challenge I've read so many posts, goals, hopes, action plans. We all made this challenge work for ourselves individually & collectively as the group we've become as this team. Thank you coaches, emoticon although there was no personal interaction between us I still feel you led this team of individuals to a better place in our own lives.

My goals at first seemed undaunted; simple enough to start week one; move forward one step at a time as not to overwhelm myself cause fear and end up failing. emoticon I didn't quit, stop trying, I instead tried hard to move outside of my comfort zone, ending up learning so much.

As I read posts each day I became more comfortable with everyone I interacted with, I made a few new friends; some I hope will become "real" long time friends; but I never hope for that anymore I've been in other teams where people friend you and then you never hear from them again, which is ok for some people like to "collect friends; I am a bit old fashioned as I like to get to know people and share life experiences with them so they know "I'm real". I've learned so much from my own life experiences & the strength those experiences instilled in me. If acceptable Why not share the information with someone else so they don't have to reinvent the wheel so to speak.

Each week as I wrote down the weekly goals & steps to follow little changes began to be noticeable, which made it easier to continue to push onward. As I exercised & then wrote in my journal I began to feel better, less stressed; something inside of me was opening again making each step easier to get through & follow.

I still can't cry but if I could there were post that I would have shed some tears for as I tried to send that team member love & energy to get through their stressors, I could only imagine how it was for that person living through the moments in their lives. WOW suddenly my stress seem minuscule. I began counting blessings letting go of woes. When I had a stressful thought I'd allow myself to examine it then let it go,go go emoticon far away. Blow away in the wind, one day I envisioned a leaf on a flowing creek, I put the stress on the leaf like a little passenger, then stood and watched as the current took it away out of sight & out of my mind.

Yesterday I got outside of my comfort zone, I alone went for a hike in the morning rain, it had been so very long since we'd had rain I just wanted to get out in it, feel it allowing it to touch me body mind & spirit. I at one point danced in the rain, like no one else in the world could see me; I felt so alive free & unlimited my soul was happy.

When I got tired I sat down & began to write some new "long term goals" to stay within week 4's guidelines. I'm hoping I will be able to follow through on them even when I'm not feeling brave & confident feeling like there are team mates cheering me on. Reading posts & huddling everyday gave me the feeling of being surrounded by people wanting to see me succeed.

Thank you my team mates & friends you've helped to make a change in my life's journey. You've allowed me to feel brave again not fearful of more bad things happening. Yes I know bad things will happen, yet I can keep a watchful eye more on the good things coming into my life.

Take care, be well, remember to breathe when you get stressed or fearful or scared. You can get through bad times for their are ebbs & flows in life for we are all ripples in God's pond. Just keep swimming...

Many Blessings Always Debby emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

May you find peace, grace joy & love inside each day.

Love Unconditionally, Believe Wholeheartedly, Trust Yourself & Your choices, Love Yourself so then you can love others..

Love survives Eternity.

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I can agree with you, Nita-Berry. Letting go of things that we really don't care about, have no control over, or getting stressed over things we have no business getting stressed over is an important step in the process and it's what I've been learning.

Finding out what my stressors were and then analyzing the stressors gave me a way to figure out how not to let them stress me or go around them, or just ignore them long enough that they no longer bothered me.

I feel lighter emotionally, more positive, too.

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I have learned to "let go". I really let a lot of things stress me that I had no control over nor were really important in the long run. Watching a couple of different friends struggle through divorces and health issues and control tendencies made me see that I don't want to be that way. There are better ways of handling things and that is what these 4 weeks have been about.

My new routines and habits of taking walks, short breaks to analyze the "real" (not perceived) situation and building confidence in myself has made a world of difference.

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Managing stress is going to be a lifelong challenge. For me, getting enough sleep is essential tho' now always doable as so much is put upon teachers beyond the 8-hours at school. I've found water aerobics a wonderful outlet for reducing my stress, increasing my relaxation and overall sense of well-being. I've kept a journal since a being high school freshman (back in the Dark Ages); writing saved my life. Then having a couple of really close friends that I can share with make all the difference in my ability to cope well. Foremost, keeping myself in The Word grounds me to see past the immediate stressors and take in the bigger picture of the Lord's plan for mankind. BB~

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with challenges I am facing this week, I have noticed that my ways of coping with these so called (past) stressors is not even requiring any coping techniques. where 4 weeks ago I would have been flipping out like the world was ending. my husband has noticed how much of a difference their is in my stress levels and my reactions to stress. my daughter doesn't think i'm the ice queen anymore because I can communicate that I have some issues that have come up and need to deal with instead of just yelling. she now understands that I am just concentration on problem resolution and not actually mad at her. So overall everyone close to me has noticed a big difference. I still have a ways to go. but I have a plan to get there.

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Has it really been a whole month? Time flies by sometimes. Just a month and a half ago my body shut down on me. I really do believe it was due to stress. Over this last month I am slowly learning to use positive self talk during moments of anxiety and setting small achievable goals at work. This has helped quite a bit in lowering my stress. What has also helped me is that I am not in a routine of working out 4-5 days a week. I desginate at least one day a week that I can go hiking in the woods which brings such a peace to me. My plan is to keep keeping on. What I have in place right now is working and I want to stick to it. I plan to find a new church family so that I can have spiritual support as well.


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Still working on stress reduction at every opportunity. Learning how to keep clutter and things out of my life, educating my DH about it, and working to incorporate his assistance. Getting what I have to do done early in the day so no excuses or problems can sabotage my requirements.

Exercise is helping in more than a little and I am feeling better on a daily basis.

I am learning how to relax, too. Evenings are a time to relax, not run around trying to finish everything I didn't do earlier or let go. Learning how to better st up my day, so every minute is not a strict schedule, but there is time to stop and stretch or even wander and ponder.

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I'm learning how to make my daily plan and stick to it, which might be considered a stress at first look, but is so helpful to chase the stressors away or at least ignore them.

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Struggling with a few things. I love bread and pasta, should not have any of it due to what it does to the blood sugar levels. Rice is another culprit, but I don't like rice that much so I don't eat it.

Hate exercise, but it's what helps the glucose do what it is meant to do with the BSLs so I have to do it. I am learning how to break up the exercise all over the place during my day so I'm not doing it all in one lump sum. Yesterday I did about 90 minutes of exercise and part of that was walking 1 mile on the treadmill. I have discovered I like the treadmill better than anything else because it keeps my speed even, and I can see all kinds of things besides feeling it in the muscles.

So I am doing what I need to do, just seems like I'm doing it the hard way. Not sure there is an easy way - maybe that's what I've been doing wrong my entire life, taking the easy way. So onward, positive attitude and full of joy cuz I did manage to get my stressors down to a very low level for me..

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Good Day Team mates; emoticon emoticon emoticon

Week 4 already, I can hardly believe the time has passed so quickly, when I started this I was afraid I wouldn't be able to do this challenge. Now that I'm so into it I've learned so much from so many of You my stress busting Team Mates, I've learned from all the blogs & articles I've read & exposed myself too. I went to the library and read about stress, read about stress online. Thanks to this challenge I've learned & figured out what my stressors are, and now I've changed them & they have changed me.

I've been journaling more, exercising more, tracking my food again--with out freaking out then stopping eating because I'm afraid I'll put on more weight, I've even noticed that I'm not as fearful as when I started this challenge, a benefit I wasn't expecting. emoticon

I've written one blog, then I tried to write another, but no words came out. I have been able to write back after reading team mates posts, so I'm confident before this challenge is over for me I'll write another blog.

I've also been able to add more "sparkfriends" some from this stress busting challenge, some from reading posts this challenge has changed & improved my daily life and that is a bonus. I am counting many blessings & few woes. Still watching my words, to follow Change your words Change your life's principals.

I've tried to offer help to other team mates, sharing things I've learned throughout my journey because I believe you don't need to reinvent the wheel to use it, pay it forward... give hope to someone that is feeling down.

I also learned more about family drama, I tried to help my sister through a difficult drama situation. I've learned when it comes to drama it can be like "emotional quicksand"; the more you struggle to get out the more stuck you become. it's like when someone points a finger at you, they have one finger pointed at you & three back at themselves.

I offered my sister help ,being loving & kind & a little detached by offering positive steps on how to deal with her problem, that for her wasn't good enough she exclaimed well why aren't you helping me. emoticon

I told her it was up to her to stop the drama by stop playing into it. Stop playing victim; that she has a choice in how she responds to something that she cannot control. You cannot control the lives of others, you can only control your own life thoughts & actions & reactions. Before this challenge I would have just jumped in tried to fix this for my sister getting all stressed out & having a panic attack. emoticon

I feel good about the choice I made, I tried to be helpful how & where I could offer a positive reaction, then I took a deep breath & let it go. I envisioned it being like a leaf in the wind, blowing away. emoticon

Thank you team mates & coaches for the help in this challenge. Take care & be well, remember to breathe & sip some green tea to stay calm.

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This past month has been an eye opener. I have kept a journal and I have referred to it often. I have come to realize what is stressing me out. I am finding out that it is what I have no control of. There are a lot of demands on me. My mom and sister live in the apartment at my home with full access to my downstairs. Mom is 87 and my sister who has down syndrome is going to be 60. They need a lot of care. Not personal needs but when they need to go to appointments or groceries or anything else it is me who needs to take them. I know every so often I need to get away, even if it is for the day. This is what I have found that works the best for me. By doing this I am better with coping with life itself.


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Looking back over the last month I've seen a lot of changes in the way I am dealing with life in general and I find that journaling and exercising make everything seem a little easier. I've noticed that I smile more and that my step is lighter...the downside is that out of 12 months in the previous year this month has probably been the most stressful of them all. Medical emergencies, autism problems, teenage angst and then a big ole family feud thrown in for good measure. I didn't handle them all gracefully, I wasn't a star. I was a human being that was being pushed to the limits and someitmes I caved. When my husband was rushed to the hospital for a possible stroke (at age 48) my world was turned upside down and thinking I could turn to family for support....my mistake. So I said my peice and alienated my mother and one of my brothers, I ate too much and gained 8 pounds, I have a week long head ache and a heart ache as well. I know it doesn't sound as if I learned anything from this challenge but I did. Once I got all of that out of my system I woke up this morning and glared at the scale and said "no more" and I'm right back on track again. The food is healthy, the humor is flowing and the exercise has my heart pumping. I tried to reconcile with my mother over the phone buts she's choosing to stay on the drama train and make me out to be the bad guy. I've decided that I can't please people like her, who choose never to be pleased. I did what I had to do to support my husband and my children ...I know in the heart I made the right choices. So now I'm looking at a husband who is considered high risk for a real stroke - he had just a warning T.I.A., I have an autistic son, a beatiful 16 year old daughter, a diabetic/blind dog and me....me, who is trying to stay alive. Me, who will acknowledge that although stress isn't good it is also impossible to avoid. I've found the trick is how to get out of the cycle of stress....when the steam is cooled and the air is clear I can look at myself and know that I did what I could and I took care of my own. Whew....that was a mouthful...hope it made some sort of sense.

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Just starting the 4th week. Feeling good about what I've learned and notice that I can let the little irritations pass without getting wound up, emotional, or even think about them more than to see them role by. That is an improvement and another improvement for an analyzer is that I don't care enough to analyze it. I'm just moving on.

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I have loved this challenge! Today I am working on my room and creating a serenity corner, with a small altar, some cushions, room for a plant and some meaningful pictures. This will be my go to for meditation, reading, or just being. I am so excited.

I have my audiobooks and ebooks on spirituality, creating a stress free life, and positive affirmations.

EXERCISE! *The hard part for me!*

Journaling,eating right, less TV, more silence and music

Life is good and getting better

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Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are. (Marianne Williamson)

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Finished out my week, got all my journaling written down, it's just to get it into electronic form now. I'm not going to say that I have a perfect handle on it all yet, but I'm closer than I was 4 weeks ago. I'm going to continue building on what I've learned from this challenge, and on what I'm learning from reading The Spark. I have the tools I need to succeed, and have no doubt in my mind that I will!

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So this week has actually been a bit more difficult for me. Little stuff is getting overwhelming. I think it's just because it's stuff I've "corrected" and people keep sabotaging it. I am trying though... The past 2 days I've taken to exercising or cooking when people are irritating me. I really wish I could just get away from them, but unfortunately, that's impossible when you live with them. So anyway, yesterday I may have been crazy, but I played Just Dance 4 when my aunt and grandfather decided to take my daughter with them to pick up food without asking me. It was one of the few times that I've had the opportunity to use the TV/Wii U to myself. Today, when my aunt called my daughter's shirt "ugly" (it was her daddy's soccer shirt and one of her favorites to wear), brought out my daughter's high chair and didn't return it to it's proper place, and took her up to her room where the two of them pretty much undid all the cleaning and straightening that I had done in it, and my grandfather decided to eat my dinner (my aunt brought home take out again), I decided to make Peanut Butter fudge... my eating will not be healthy today.

We did go to the library today, where I checked out "The Spark" until I can afford my own copy. I'm on CORNERSTONE: Focus so far, and I've cried 3 times... that could be the pregnancy hormones, but it really is moving. We also took out 5 books for my daughter. We've read 4 of them so far, enough times that she's getting to the point she can "read" them on her own. That's pretty fantastic for a 2 year old (okay... 2 and a half). I'm so proud of her. Too bad she won't let me come anywhere near her when my dimwit aunt is around (I'm really not calling names... she's been a nurse for 40 years and asks me and my husband for medical advice, and also can't seem to follow simple directions, such as Xena isn't allowed in your house so long as there is a smoker living there).

Phew! Sorry about all the negativity there, but if it didn't come out, it would be bottled up inside, and I need to move in some positive energy!

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7/24/13 2:41 P

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I took a couple of weeks to finish up this challenge. Had a lot of things going on and had to slow down a bit.
It has been a busy month and I am glad I took the time to join this challenge during this time.
It helped me get through what has been a stressful time with a wedding and my daughter having driver's ed classes.
I looked back on the posts I made on my online journal to see that a lot of the things that were bothering me at the time are now done or close to being done and over with.
I was able to use some of the suggestions and stress busters to calm down and take it easy.
So glad I learned about them so I can use them in the future as well.

Well the future is here and I will be using the breathing exercises more often to calm down
especially at night so I can get to sleep. I still need to get an exercise program going that I can stick to. That will help me a lot I know. Just need to keep it earlier in the day.
I am learning to plan out my days so I don't have so much to do in one day. Then I take one day at a time and deal only with that day. When things come up that interrupt my schedule, I am learning to take it in stride and not let it get to me so much.
The big things don't bother me so much, but I still need to learn to deal with the little stuff.
So lots to do still, but am coming along pretty well right now.

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7/20/13 6:42 P

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Wow! I needed a few more weeks of this challenge. I went on vacation and when I came home I had so much on my plate that I just had a break down and became completely overwhelmed. This challenge gave me the tools to not stay down but to break down each thing that I had to do in a short amount of time and keep calm. I did cheat a few times...trying to eat my stress...but I picked myself back up, took a bath, talked to a friend, analyzed why I was feeling the way that I was, and just breathed. Food did not make me feel better. If it weren't for this challenge I would have given up on myself and would have returned to the way I was. I am so glad I found this challenge!


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This challenge really helped me to examine how i react to my stress. How I create stress within myself when the stress hasn't started yet & ways to not over react to be more of an observer. I definitely have more stress than the average Joe everyday, but I am in control of how I react to it & how I take care of myself


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My stress busting methods are definitely walking and listening to music, and I am going to continue writing down in my stress journal cause that helps a lot. I am really glad I joined this challenge because honestly I still am stressed but not as much as I was before and I am doing my best to not let my stress get in the way of eating healthy. Yea I slip up here and there but I try to pull my focus back to whats gonna make me feel good and happy in the end.

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Exercising is one of my stress busters, along with reading, playing fun online games and listening to Gospel music even dancing along. Keeps my mind off my stuff. I also learned from reading blogs that worrying or stressing over things I have no control over doesn't make the issues go away. Also I need to remember to focus on finding solutions to those issues that I do have some control over and leave the rest t. Either way God will help me work them out or live content no matter what. Today is a great day and I'm going to enjoy it! Now not every day will be a good day but at least I realize it's better to have more Great Days than bad days. The choice is mine.

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Starting off week 4 with a wonderful attitude-negative. Where are my chips, my cookies, my ice cream, I'd commit an act of robbery for a margarita! I am so stressed out right now I can't see to type because of the tears. Reason-who knows, maybe it's just because I stepped on the scale and I don't like what it said and I'm sick of this endless plateau. Maybe it's because my DH is driving me nuts,or because I feel like I have an OC disorder when it comes to knitting, and I hate everything I'm weaving. It's desolate and damn lonely on this plateau. I want to move. I'm tired of tracking, weighing, measuring, and I've become dishonest about the whole process, And that knowledge pisses me off because it's true and it's why I'm stick here. Where's my purple pony, I need a hug. This probably would had made a better blog entry or stress journal entry but hey, this is where it seemed appropriate to vent. Thank you for that opportunity! Now, I'm going to go wipe my nose, find my purple pony, sit on the couch and drink a class of hot tea. I'm going to thank SparkPeople for all the resources and support, look at my accomplishments and reprogram my brain to some positive thoughts! Thank you all for listening! emoticon

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i feel so much better

Chelle "Live life as is today is your last!!!!" Goal for the week! Stay focused and determined. You will achieve greatness!! Through God all things are possible.


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this challenge has made me realize i needed major change and so far i am doing very well.

Chelle "Live life as is today is your last!!!!" Goal for the week! Stay focused and determined. You will achieve greatness!! Through God all things are possible.


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4/27/13 8:14 A

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Good for you! I have trouble walking away too - I am a 'people pleaser' and I always want everyone to be happy. I am learning that sometimes it's just not possible and it's not my fault.

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4/26/13 3:48 P

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This challenge has helped me to focus more on the moment and not try to handle everything alone. Normally I would jump into a stressful situation and take on the management of it (whether it's a family squabble or something else) Always trying to "keep the peace". I'm learning (still) to walk away, sometimes literally leave the room, take myself out of it and try to look at the situation objectively. It's working. My stress levels were not very high but this one tendency was why I started the challenge and I'm thrilled to see that I'm much more aware, and able to stay out of other peoples' stresses. My long-term plan is to continue to try to "catch" these moments, with the help of articles here and elsewhere as reinforcement.
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Way to go, NEWJULIE2008!

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Just wanted to say thank you to who ever started this challenge idea...I am so much more relaxed after going through this challenge. I too didn't believe all this touch feely stuff would make a long time effect but it did. I am on vacation and decided to let myself enjoy it and instead of having a big project. what a difference. I walk in the morning, have light breakfast with my hubby,,he's off to work and I divide up my day with organizing areas in the house.. been going shopping for cute excercise outfits and back home to get supper going.. it's amazing how calm you are when you have order in your day!! when I'm in a frustrating situation I think about something else so I don't dwell on it and then I move on...never thought I could do that!!

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Ive realized that when i dont get enough sleep and i push myself too hard i get really crabby and tend to snap at others, i have decided that my long term goals are as follows:
1- sleep at least 8hrs , if i dont i must realize that i will be grumpy and its no one elses fault.
2- dont worry constantly , if things dont go as planned thats okay

i will however stick to my relaxng techniques which have been helping alot

taking a warm bath at least 10-20 minutes soaking in the tub does miracles for me
excerising, working up a major sweat doing cardio really makes me feel way better

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I've realized that I need to stop mothering people. By trying to solve the problems of everyone around me, I create more stress for myself. That can cause more tension overall, creating an unproductive cycle.


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My long term goals are really simple:

1) Don't allow stress to affect my life to the point of not leaving the house, isolataing, or causing SIB behavior.

2) Try and continue in my groups.

3) Remember my positive outlook.

4) Keep coping skills close and utilize them!


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This has been a difficult but worthwhile path through these exercises. I have definitely learned and used many techniques from these lessons. I frequently use them throughout every day it seems that I go to work. I need much practice still and my long term goals involve continuing to work on improving in the techniques. My biggest lesson and one still unperfected is to learn how to let some things go. I have learned how to stop in the moment and breathe and move away but I tend to still hang on to some of it. I repeatedly find myself saying "Let it go, let it go." in my head. I have several Goals on my SP page to continually be aware of how to work on these things and will pursue this on a personal level. Thank you to the SP team for offering this insight and aid to me. These lessons are really good life lessons to learn,

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Learn to let it go when appropriate, learn to breathe deep and slow in a focused manner, keep moving, and seek contentment and happiness.


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Hello! I have completed the challenge and I must say I have surprised myself! I never thought all this positive thinking, journaling and letting go of things out of my control really help anything. But the more I repeated the steps I read about, the easier it got to calm myself down.

I plan to continue yoga, coincidentally, yoga classes started back up at my library next month. I plan to keep working at being an optimist and using my distraction techniques to keep myself on a more even keel.

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I really found this challenge helpful!
the articles were great
good luck to you all.
have a wonderful weekend

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Final post! emoticon emoticon emoticon

I have been successful in trying to control stress throughout these last 4 weeks....It has been rough at times, but I seem to have developed some confidence in stress management. I have been able to breath more effectively! I have been able to relax more effectively! My stress journal is up to date and I can review and understand that this journal reflects cancer and chemo, why these stress levels have held where they are currently and why levels are where they are. I have been able to do so w/o negativity.

Sitting here just now I realize how far I have come in these last four weeks....what ever your long term goal is, I hope that you can believe in yourselves enough to know that if you do you can handle stress so much more easily because you are so much more!!!!

I have set only 1 LTG...and that is whatever comes my way, it will not be negative because I am more than that....and that I can believe in myself and make it happen (and I am not talking about miracles but rather quality of life) because a positive life style opens so many more opportunities.

I wish each of you the best. I know in my heart of hearts that you can!

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But sooner or later, the man who wins
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Week 4 has been the hardest. The problem is stress comes up with all lifes problems and I'm trying to learn to let go of the things I can't control or influence. I think that and exercise are really the only long term goals I have that can truly help. I will continue to use the journaling technique because it seems to help me express how I feel. This has been a knowledgeable and difficult challenge, but one that is worth it and hopefully will stick with me for the future. Thank you for all your support and I hope everyone else's journey has been as eye openning as mine.
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Congratulations Jean and Lisa!

I'm still working it. Yesterday I started wiggling out and my stress busting tools kicked in. It was a tough day but I did my visuals, watched my breathing and told myself its out of my control, I didn't let it consume me.

I looked at situations from a positive perspective instead of gloom and doom.

I need to get some yoga in this week and I will be good to go!

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I have "technically" completed all of this! I am catching up/finishing my journal now!!!!

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It is a good thing too...I am back in chemo next week!!

emoticon but I now can deal with it...I plan on taking my vacation for 30 seconds...warm weather, spring flowers and NO SNOW! during chemo! As far as my journal, it reflects the effects of chemo not the real world...for the next 14 weeks.

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It's almost certain you won't.
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But sooner or later, the man who wins
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stress busting complete I just ran behind posting my weekly plans and goals , I lowered my stress and feel good. I am going to keep on doing everything I have learned and defiantly going keep working out since this works BEST


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Hey Jean, We will ROCK this challenge! emoticon

Yesterday my daughter emailed me about all of the stress she is going through at her new job. It makes me CRAZY how they are treating her. I started typing my response like a wild woman, felt the churning in my stomach so I immediately started typing about things I saw on my desk, shapes and colors. She knows about my stress challenge so that brought us both a laugh.

This coping mechanism is beginning to become habit which is fantastic!


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emoticon KELLIEBEAN ..Looks like we will finish together too!

I am on target and all I have to do currently is set some long term goals and continue to "understand" stress and what I have learned. My journal is up to date and I will continue as this has been a great tool!

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If you think you dare not, you don't.
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Life's battles don't always go
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But sooner or later, the man who wins
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Good morning all! I'm starting week four. It's been going well. Saturday I started wigging out over something as usual and I tuned in to sites and smells around me and started to calm down. I also talked myself into stop making mountains out of mohills and the situation turned out just fine.

My long-term goal will be to keep these tools in mind on a daily basis!


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i HAVE LEARNED WAYS TO DEAL WITH MY STRESSORS AND FEEL BETTER AFTER IMPLEMENTING SOME OF THE TECHNIQUES TAUGHT.....

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!! whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life!!!
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I need to remember to take baths and take time off when I need to!


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This challenge has helped me to be more consistant with my stress busting techniques. The deep breathing, positive thoughts and regular exercise have helped and I plan on continuing these to keep my stress under controll, even though there are things in my life I can't controll. I'm trying to learn how to meditate more effectively. I need more practice.


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While I'm still a stressed mess... emoticon ... I do, on occasion, feel some small inkling of hope that I am getting some better! emoticon
There have been some improvements in the way I am able to handle some things. For example - My husband often has to leave the country for personal business and I am several times a year left "home alone"... (well... kind of... our 23 year old son is in and out all the time... that's another "stress" story... emoticon ) ...
BUT... back to what I was saying: Usually, my husband is gone for only 2-3 weeks at a time. This time, however, he's been gone for almost 5 weeks and surprisingly our son and I both are still alive and relatively well. emoticon
(Good thing the hubby will be back on V-day though!!!!)
So, in light of the fact that something MUST be helping, I plan to continue practicing breathing, muscle tightening and relaxing exercises as well as the stretching exercises that seem to help get some of the kinks out. And... I will continue to read helpful articles and try my best to BREATHE, count, reason with myself, be real, think "happy thoughts" and enjoy nice LONG, HOT bubble baths!!!!!!! Ahhhhhhhh.... emoticon

Best wishes to ALL of you in your continued "stress busting" endeavors!
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Journaling has been my best tool. I intent to continue using it. I have a well established support system too. I have used it in the past and will continue to use it as the needs arise. Cutting back on caffeine and getting 7-8 hours of sleep most nights has been probably the greatest stress buster for me. I really like this one. I'm going to continue using it often!!!

Today is a new opportunity to make good changes!!!

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I can't believe it's four weeks already! I have incorporated several stress busters in my daily/weekly routine- Mornings are my fav time so taking the few minutes to watch the sunrise over Atlanta has been wonderful and something I will continue to do. My baths (morning or night) have given me a time to relax and do some reflexology and massage allowing my knees and legs to relax. Qi Gong is my very favorite 15 minutes and I feel wonderful. I will continue to explore other items that allow me to let go of the stress on a daily basis.

This is the first day of the rest of my life. I chose it to be healthy and happy!


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Four weeks is not enough but I have made a good start in taking up some good destressing techniques:
- swimming is great, and i love the drive and the time alone as well
- assuming things is tiresome and stressful and i tend to do a lot of aasuming...
- eating great healthy food is destressing, it really is relaxing to know you ahve eaten food that's good for you
- joining sparkcoach was a good move, great to have someone on my side!

This last week i am going to:
- yeah, do some more swimming
- do lots of gardening at night when I return from work
- try and have a good laugh once a day

Longterm stress busters for me are:
- yeah, swimming yeah
- standing still to breath and see clearly
- write in my journal and blog
- eat more and more veges a day

That's me, good luck yall!

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